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Extreme Weight Loss renewed for fifth season: Carb-cycling diet success

"Extreme Weight Loss" stars Chris and Heidi Powell.
"Extreme Weight Loss" stars Chris and Heidi Powell.
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In a nation where obesity rates continue to skyrocket, we apparently find entertainment value in watching others succeed in losing weight. "Extreme Weight Loss," which highlights one to two obese individuals struggling to shed pounds in each episode, has been renewed again, with a few changes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The program stars transformation specialist Chris Powell, author of "Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life" (click for details).

Each episode encompasses one year in the participants' lives, which makes early renewal a priority. The show also features Heidi Powell. The two advocate the use of a carb-cycling diet that alternates low-carb diet days with calorie-calculated higher carb meals.

The approach is designed to "trick your metabolism into burning a lot of calories, even on those low-carb days," says Chris, who also authored "Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution."

But exercise plays a key role as well. And as the most recent episode showed, many individuals begin their weight loss journey unable to even jump on a trampoline. That episode starred Nashville singer-songwriter Jayce Hein. He weighed 417 pounds at the beginning of his year-long transformation and lost 188 pounds during his participation on the show. Talk about a weight loss wow!

For that reason, Chris also created a series of fitness DVDs. They include "Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition: Bootcamp" (click for more information) and "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: The Workout 2011."

Talking with "The View" hosts recently, Chris noted that he also frequently teams up with Rocco DiSpirito, author of "The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love."

The chef lost weight himself, and thus serves as a role model to participants who are stressed that they won't be able to enjoy their favorite foods on a diet.